Karen Sargsyan. Water companies have a problem with planning
Ahead of this year’s irrigation season, the companies of 15 water users and “Jrar” CJSC have jointly repaired and cleaned approximately 6400 km of irrigation systems. The chairman of the Water Committee Karen Sargsyan said at the press conference. According to him, about 1000 pumping stations, deep wells, installation and purchase of valves have been carried out, as a result of which they are now able to organize uninterrupted irrigation.
He said that the main problems are technical, related to the systems, which are from the middle of the last century. According to the chairman of the Water Committee, large investments are needed to organize very good irrigation, but with proper management they are able to provide irrigation.
“There are no complaints this year, we are able to organize proper irrigation. “We have problems with worn-out deep wells and pumping stations, which crash during the irrigation season. Water users are dissatisfied during the restoration, but they are solvable problems,” K. Sargsyan said.
He said that the water committee is supervising the organizational work of the water company. K. Sargsyan asked the water users to change their attitude towards the water users’ company, to trust the companies, to give real data so that the companies can properly plan the water and supply it to the water users. K. Sargsian said that the water-using companies only know how much land the cultivators use and what crops before entering the irrigation stage, that is why the companies have a planning problem.
According to the data, 187.5 million cubic meters of water were supplied in the first half of last year, 5 million cubic meters more this year. At present, 271 million cubic meters have already been supplied, up from 3 million cubic meters at this time last year.
K. Sargsyan said that there is an increase in the cultivated lands, the inflows of contracts and the collection of bids have increased. Contracts have already been signed with about 114,500 water users, and at the moment about 80,000 hectares are already covered by the water management system. An increase in arable land has been observed mainly in the foothills.